Course Profile

Course Profile: Moving and Handling of Loads (1 Day)
Back injuries can be devastating for the person involved and very costly to their employers. This course aims to help learners understand the legal requirements and recommended guidance relating to the subject. They will learn the principles of good back care, moving and handling techniques and the use of relevant handling equipment. The course will provide a theoretical framework on how the body works and how we can look after it, but the main focus will be on how this information can be applied to “real-life” situations. The course will reflect the relevant organisational policies and be informed by legislation as listed below.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 3.2
QCF: HSC027, 037
The Care Certificate: Standard 13.3
The course is designed for all workers in all settings who are required to move objects or loads at work. Due to the practical nature of the course attendance is limited to 12.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The importance of good back care-Injury related statistics
  • The functions of the spine and musculo-skeletal system
  • What is ‘top heavy’ movement and cumulative strain
  • The importance of good posture and good back care, including stretching
  • The legal requirements and recommended guidance relating to lifting/moving of objects:
          -The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
          -The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (L.O.L.E.R.) 1998
          -The provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations (P.U.W.E.R) 1998
          -The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (amended 2002)
  • How to apply Risk Assessment to the work situation, looking at:
          -the task                     
          -the load
          -the environment
          -individual capability
  • Ergonomic solutions
  • The principles of moving and handling techniques:
          -How to lift a load
          -Pulling and pushing objects
  • Some of the load handling equipment available
  • How to use different pieces of equipment in practical situations
  • The typical Manual Handling challenges that present at work & strategies to help resolve these
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, OHP/PowerPoint, Large & small Group Work, Handouts, Demonstration, Practical sessions, Handouts, Chalk & Talk.                   
Participants are advised to wear trousers and flat shoes.
Learners will be encouraged to share their experience and take part in practical exercises.